Ginza is an upscale shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo. Ginza (銀座) means silver place, which was named after a silver-coin mint established in the area a few hundred years ago. As the neighborhood is one of the most expensive places in Tokyo, the name can’t be more fitting today. It is the playground for […]
Omotesando (表参道) is a pedestrian-friendly street stretching from Harajuku to Aoyama in Tokyo. Dubbed Tokyo’s Champs-Élysées, this tree-lined boulevard is a luxury and boutique shopping destination, housed with major fashion brands’ flagship stores. The area’s unique and sophisticated restaurants and cafes also make Omotesando and Aoyama one of Tokyo’s hot spots for trendy and hip […]
What better ways are there to have an unforgettable cultural experience than exploring the historic Asakusa in kimono? Wearing a kimono has always been on my bucket list for Japan. Although kimono rental is popular in Kyoto or Harajuku or Shibuya in Tokyo, I thought the ancient Edo streets of Asakusa would be the perfect […]
Explore Edo-period Japan in Asakusa, Tokyo Asakusa (浅草) is Tokyo’s oldest entertainment district from the Japanese Edo period. Although the area was bombed and heavily damaged during World War II, it was rebuilt to preserve its tradition, making it one of Tokyo’s must-see places. Asakusa is famous for Tokyo Skytree, Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. But there […]
All You Need to Know about Pingxi Lantern Festival, Plus Other Lantern Festivals around Taiwan Imagine the floating lantern scene from the Disney movie Tangled. Have you ever wondered how spectacular it would be if you could “see the light” yourself just like the movie? Good news! You CAN relive a magical moment in Taiwan […]
Japan Winter Itinerary Part 7. Japanese Ryokan and Onsen Tips & Etiquettes This past winter when I traveled through Winter Wonderland along the Japanese Alps, I stayed in two ryokans (Kanazawa Ryokan and Takayama Ryokan). It is a unique way to immerse oneself in traditional culture and Japanese hospitality. I enjoyed the ryokan stays so much […]
Japan Winter Itinerary Part 7. Where to Stay in Takayama Takayama Hotel: Ryokan Asunaro Star Ratings: 4 stars Room type: Japanese style with Private Bath Wi-fi: Complimentary Parking: Complimentary Meals: Japanese style breakfast included. Kaiseki ryori available upon request at additional charge. Amenities: Tatami floor, Futon beds, yukata, Japanese bidet, TV, mini-bar, electric kettle, hairdryer, […]
Japan Winter Itinerary Part 5. All You Need to Know about Winter Wonderland in the Japanese Alps Shirakawago, Japan is a small town located in the remote Shogawa river valley in Gifu Prefecture. Until Shirakawago, together with Gokayama, was recognized as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site in 1995, not many people paid attention to this […]
Japan Winter Itinerary Part 4. Toyama Japan Guide for First Timers Toyama City (富山) is the capital of Toyama Prefecture in the Hokuriku Region of northern Chubu. Toyama is conveniently connected with Tokyo and Kanazawa via Shinkansen (JR Hokuriku line), and is one bus ride away from Shirakawago. The city is also a popular gateway […]
Japan Winter Itinerary Part 3. Where to Stay in Kanazawa Kanazawa Hotel: Sumiyoshiya Ryokan Star Ratings: 3 stars Room type: Japanese style with Private Bath Wi-fi: Complimentary Parking: Complimentary Meals: Japanese style breakfast included. Kaiseki ryori is available upon request at additional charge. Amenities: Tatami floor, Futon beds, yukata, Japanese bidet, TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, […]
Hello, I'm Chloe!
I'm an aspiring world traveler and avid dog lover. Nestled in Taiwan, I'm currently exploring Asia and learning Chinese.
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